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Will The Beatles really rule the charts in 2007?

It looks like the Fab Four may really rule the charts in ’07 if EMI decides to release The Beatles back catalog in download format.  This is exciting news.  I mean we all hope to see some concrete release ala CD’s/DVD audio, etc. but digital downloads will only further push them up the charts once again as it seems. 

 As John would say, “…where are we going fellas? to the top johnny! where is that fellas? to topper most of the popper most…” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The first new-look singles chart was unveiled last night after a radical revamp paved the way for previously released singles, including classic oldies by the Beatles, to storm back into the top 40.

Snow Patrol, Gnarls Barkley and Nelly Furtado all re-entered the charts as a result of the shake up of the rules, under which internet downloads are eligible. However, the new rules failed to knock Leona Lewis off the top spot. Downloads had previously been included only if the single would be on sale in shops the next week and they would automatically be removed from the charts two weeks after the single was withdrawn.

Now old songs will find their way back into the top 40, with those which appear in adverts or on film soundtracks most likely to benefit. It could even mean a chart comeback for the Beatles if rumours that EMI is negotiating to release their back catalogue as downloads are true. Gennaro Castaldo, spokesman for retailer HMV, said the overhaul could mean that the fab four would control the top 10 once again.” The nature of the charts is changing entirely,” he said. “Under the new rules, anything and everything is eligible. The charts will now offer a much broader representation of the nation’s music tastes. Old releases are likely to feature heavily from now on.

“If the Beatles’ songs were made available digitally, there would be such a rush to download them that a top 10 made up entirely of their music would be almost guaranteed.”
The shake-up, by the Official UK Charts Company (OCC), is the biggest change since the first chart, featuring Doris Day, Frankie Laine and Max Bygraves, appeared more than 54 years ago.

Sales of singles have dwindled in recent years and although a number one record has sold around 133,000 copies a week on average over the past decade, sales of 20,000 can win the top spot. In March 2005, Orson’s No Tomorrow got to number one with weekly sales of just over 17,694, the lowest since the British Market Research Bureau began compiling the industry chart in 1969. But download purchases have soared and current number one artist Leona Lewis entered the record books after her single became the fastest selling download ever with 50,000 sales in 30 minutes.

Gnarls Barkley made music history last year when the song Crazy became the first single to reach number one based on download sales alone. Yesterday it re-entered the charts at number 30. Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, released in July, stormed in at number nine. Nelly Furtado’s Maneater appeared at number 38.  Steve Redmond, director of OCC, said: “This new ruling changes the nature of a single and puts the consumer in the driving seat. Literally any track can be a hit, as long as it sells enough.”

A spokesman for the BPI, the record industry’s trade association, added that the changes could have an impact on unknown artists. He added: “For a long time we’ve wanted the chart to reflect what the consumers are actually buying. It means any track when it’s available digitally can chart. To that degree, there’s a real level playing field there.”

The shake-up is the latest in a line of changes in the UK’s music industry as it deals with the rise of the internet and the digital age.  One high profile casualty was Top of the Pops, the UK’s longest running weekly chart show, when it broadcast its last edition in July last year.

Viewing figures dwindled to about one million when it switched from BBC1 to BBC2. In its heyday in the 1970s, it had 19 million viewers. The first ever Top of the Pops, on New Year’s Day in 1964 featured six singles by the Beatles in the top 20, including I Want To Hold Your Hand at number one.

Source: The Herald


One Response

  1. I hope things change soon. This would be a good thing for our country.

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